Gifts from the Ocean – American Indian

Gifts from the Ocean is 30 x 36, oil on canvas.

Plains women made dresses out of skins, wool and cloth and would decorate them with natural local items and trade items. 

Elk eye teeth were often used.The number of teeth used was a sign of wealth. A cheaper substitute for teeth were cowrie shells which were a Trade item. The shape of the shell was similar to teeth and gave the same decorative effect.

This painting shows a red velvet dress with many cowrie shells

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Western art, native american art Recent accomplishments include being accepted into the International Guild of Realism, participation in the American Art in Miniature at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa , OK, Mountain Oyster Club show and sale, inclusion in the Top 50 Mini Paint America traveling exhibit, and being featured in Southwest Art Magazine March 2008 issue and Sept 2008. K. won the “First Place” award during the American Plains Artists 23nd annual juried exhibit, “Art of the Plains 2007”. She has also exhibited with the Oil Painters of America, The National Oil and Acrylic Painter Society, at the Phippen Museum and Salon International Art Show

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